Lin Jiaying

Master of Arts in Design



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DLGS 6 (2016-2018)

Doctoral Thesis

Working Title:
Interactions of actors and Local Institutions in Policy Process - From Patriotic Health Campaign to Healthy City in Shanghai

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernhard Müller, Technische Universität Dresden

Due to rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, China has confronted huge environmental issues, raising public concerns about the negative health effect of urban environment. Shanghai is one of the first mega-cities to initiate Healthy City programs to cope with the health hazards of urban life. Statistics show improvements in life expectancy and health service. However, the interdisciplinary of the healthy city concept creates challenges for the implementation at local level actions where collaboration across sectors is problematic. Empirical and qualitative evidences on the institutional change were limited. Therefore, this study intends to unfold the policy process through interactions among different levels of actors bounded to the history of local institutions. The history of local campaign approach to deliver national strategy, in this case the Patriotic Health Campaign aiming at promoting health since 1950s, is examined. Document analysis and in-depth interviews show that the concept of health evolved from sanitation infrastructure to healthy life style and influenced major programs concerning urban health in China. While the motivations and perceptions have shifted along with social and economical development, the national government remains the determinant actor, providing incentives through the hierarchy of national awards. Actions among sectors at different levels are still fragmented. Information sharing and common perceptions of the actions should be promoted for better intersectoral collaboration in the future.

Key words: Healthy City, institutions, urban planning, urban environment



Since 03/2016
Doctoral Student at the TU Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Science
09/2013 - 01/2016
Studies in Design, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, China
Academic Degree: Master of Arts
09/2008 – 07/2013
Studies in Urban Planning, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, China
Academic Degree: Bachelor of Engineering


Journals Column Host, Coordinator of Liaison Office in Shanghai/Urban Planning International Editorial department, Beijing, China
03/2013- 02/2016
Urban Planner/ World Urban Study Lab, Shanghai, China
07/2011- 08/2012
Deputy Head/ Tongji University Alumni Association Architecture and Urban Planning Branch, Shanghai, China


Scholarship for a doctorate at the TU Dresden by the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS)
National Scholarship for Graduate Students by the Ministry of Education, China
Golden Award by 2014 Green Building Leadership Camp
Outstanding student cadre by Tongji University
10/2009, 10/2010
Scholarship for Social Activities by Tongji University